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Fast Retailing sees slower growth on Uniqlo US losses
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 15:26:00 GMT

Fast Retailing, the Japanese parent company of fast fashion retailer Uniqlo, has forecast profit growth below analyst expectations for its next fiscal year amid losses at is Uniqlo and J Brand US businesses last year.
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Clothing and cotton still on child labour list
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 09:26:00 GMT

Hundreds of millions of children worldwide are involved in child labour, with 18 countries named as using children in cotton production and nine in garment production, according to a new report.
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TJX CEO succession plan "positive" move
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 13:07:00 GMT

The CEO succession plan at TJX Companies is a positive move by the US retail group, analysts have said, as Ernie Herrman gets set to take the helm early next year.
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Jaeger owner exploring sale?
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 14:51:00 GMT

Jaeger owner Better Capital is understood to be exploring options for the upscale fashion brand, including a potential sale, after receiving interest in the business. 
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Common themes unite Inditex and H&M supply chains
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 16:11:00 GMT

As the world's two largest fast fashion retailers, it's no surprise that Inditex and H&M continue to outperform their peers with their market-leading supply chains - or that common themes unite all the top European supply chain companies.
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Cambodia sets new minimum wage at US$140
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 11:16:00 GMT

Cambodia has set its new minimum wage for clothing workers at US$140 per month, a 9.4% increase on the current wage of $128 - but well below the $168 that unions had been seeking.
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Datacolor introduces new series spectrophotometers
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 17:33:00 GMT

Datacolor has launched its "next generation" of high performance spectrophotometers for precise colour measurement, with a focus on accuracy and backward compatibility with existing models.
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KappAhl optimistic despite Q4 declines
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 10:04:00 GMT

Swedish fashion chain KappAhl said it remains focused on initiatives for the future, as it revealed a fall in sales and earnings in its fourth-quarter.
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China Xiniya Fashion moves to Q2 loss
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 11:57:00 GMT

Men's wear business China Xiniya Fashion has moved to a loss in its second-quarter and booked lower revenues on the back of increased expenses and higher discounting.
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Ann Inc CEO Krill takes Ascena board role
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 12:30:00 GMT

Kay Krill, the CEO of Ann Inc, is to step down from the role she has held for a decade and move to the board of parent company Ascena Retail Group.
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Cherokee signs Europe licensing deal
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 12:36:00 GMT

Global brand management business Cherokee Global Brands has entered into a new European license agreement with Saborn Licensing Company for its namesake brand.
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Grupo Cortefiel invests in retail planning suite
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 17:00:00 GMT

Grupo Cortefiel, one of Europe's largest fashion retailers, has selected JustEnough software's retail planning suite to help provide consistent, efficient and accurate planning across its business.
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Study adds to concerns over textile microplastics pollution
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 11:45:00 GMT

A new study adds to evidence that textiles are an important source of marine microplastics pollution, estimating that in Europe between 500 and 2,500 tonnes of synthetic fibres are shed each year.
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Why TPP implementation is far from a done deal
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 12:45:00 GMT

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) might have been agreed this week after more than five years of negotiations - but the pact's implementation is still far from assured.
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Cambodia leads US apparel import growth in August
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 12:21:00 GMT

Apparel imports into the US continued on their upward trajectory in August, with seven of the top ten supplier countries booking year-on-year growth. Cambodia led the pack, posting a solid double-digit gain, with strong increases also recorded by China, Bangladesh and Vietnam.
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UK clothing prices continue on downward trajectory 
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 11:07:00 GMT

UK clothing price deflation accelerated further in September as retailers used "strong, seasonable promotions" to drive sales growth. 
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Tommy Bahama president and COO to head up brand
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 11:45:00 GMT

Tommy Bahama president and COO Douglas Wood is to take the helm at the Oxford Industries-owned lifestyle brand following the retirement of CEO Terry Pillow. 
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Bangladesh RMG injury insurance scheme set up
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 10:46:00 GMT

An injury insurance scheme for Bangladeshi garment workers has been set up as part of a collaboration between the government, the International Labour Organization (ILO), and Germany.
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US adds upland cotton products to GSP scheme
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 10:49:00 GMT

Five upland cotton fibre products have been added to the US Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) programme as part of a number of changes introduced just two months after the trade benefits regime was reauthorised.
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Fibres and fabrics: Functional finishes meet environmental concerns
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 14:42:00 GMT

As functional finishes for textile products become increasingly effective and innovative, producers are looking for new ways to meet brands' environmental concerns with ecologically friendly solutions.
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Wal-Mart cuts 450 jobs to become more "nimble"
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 09:58:00 GMT

US retail behemoth Wal-Mart Stores has cut around 450 jobs at its head office in Bentonville, Arkansas, in a bid to become more "nimble".
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Fibres and fabrics: Multi-functional wool for outdoor wear
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 10:56:00 GMT

Apparel and textile companies worldwide are increasingly demanding lightweight wool for outdoor wear that can perform a variety of functions.
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Fibres and fabrics: Innovations in sports textiles
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 11:35:00 GMT

Sportswear innovators are focusing on growing demand for environmentally-friendly fibres and fabrics and lightweight materials that can keep sport consumers comfortable while optimising performance.
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CEO of Nike surf brand Hurley to retire
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 09:43:00 GMT

US sportswear giant Nike has announced that Bob Hurley, the founder and CEO of its Hurley surf and action sports brand, is to retire.
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Sports Direct buys remaining share in Warrnambool
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 09:21:00 GMT

Sports Direct has entered into a EUR47.5m (US$53.4m) agreement to purchase a majority stake in Warrnambool, the parent company of Irish retailer Heatons, and acquire the remaining shares it does not own in the retailer.
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WTO trade facilitation pact ratified by nearly 50 members
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 09:56:00 GMT

The first multilateral trade agreement in the World Trade Organization's 20-year history is slowly edging closer, with nearly 50 WTO members having now ratified the pact - the most recent being the 28 European Union countries and Thailand.
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H&M opens first store in India
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:20:00 GMT

Swedish fashion retail giant Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has opened its first store in India.
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US consumers "positive" heading into holiday season
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 11:26:00 GMT

US consumers have a more positive outlook going into the holiday season, new research suggests, with a higher percentage of people planning to spend more this year compared to last year.
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US apparel and footwear outlook dips on stronger dollar
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:15:00 GMT

The outlook for the US apparel and footwear industry has dropped to stable from positive, according to a new forecast, as sales and earnings take a hit from the strong dollar.
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C&A and WWF India launch organic cotton programme
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 14:08:00 GMT

The C&A Foundation, the charitable arm of fashion retailer C&A, has partnered with WWF India to promote the cultivation of organic cotton in the country.
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Where next for e-textiles and smart garments?
Fri, 25 Sep 2015 16:07:00 GMT

Taking advantage of potential growth in e-textiles and smart garments is not without risk, according to a new report from just-style, and may also require a fundamental shift in core business practices.
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Fibres and fabrics: Closed loop continues to create challenges
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 14:56:00 GMT

The concept of the closed loop - where a fabric is taken back mechanically to its original fibres and re-used - remains a key goal for the clothing and textile industry that presents a range of technical challenges.
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Sunday Afternoons to streamline with PLM
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:54:00 GMT

Sun protection clothing brand Sunday Afternoons has selected Centric Software's new cloud-based product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to streamline its design and production processes, and support its expansion. 
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DyStar and partners launch new viscose melange yarn
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 11:37:00 GMT

Singapore-based dye manufacturer DyStar Group has worked with two industry partners to launch a new, more energy efficient, viscose melange yarn that has a "significantly" higher dye absorption capacity.
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Fashion Law seminar to discuss evolving trends
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:50:00 GMT

Likely developments that will impact the fashion industry over the next five years - along with suggestions for staying ahead of the trends - form the focus of a fashion law seminar taking place in London next week.
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Vietnam releases new textile dye regulations
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 14:17:00 GMT

Vietnam has released a new regulation that specifies requirements on the permitted amount of formaldehyde and azo dyes in textile products manufactured, imported and traded in the country.
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Ted Baker online sales boost "strong" H1
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:44:00 GMT

Lifestyle brand business Ted Baker has revealed "strong" first-half sales and earnings thanks to growth in e-commerce and the US market.
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The Flanarant: TPP - now the real fight starts
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:08:00 GMT

On 5 October, the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) announced that their trade ministers had agreed a deal. But Mike Flanagan still doubts it will come into action this decade.
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Bangladesh execs say labour reform supports US GSP
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:45:00 GMT

As the US government reviews its trade benefits regime this month, Bangladesh's garment industry and labour leaders have argued that the country deserves to regain GSP (Generalized System of Preferences) status.
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Tommy Hilfiger inks dress licensing deal with G-III
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 10:36:00 GMT

PVH-owned Tommy Hilfiger has entered into a licensing agreement with G-III Apparel Group for a new women's dress collection - a key growth category for the brand. 
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Coast CEO Bostock takes up consultancy role
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 10:40:00 GMT

Kate Bostock, the CEO of UK occasion wear retailer Coast, has stepped down from her role as part of a planned move since her appointment two years ago, taking up an advisory role with the group.
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Südwolle aligns with supply chain partners in Turkey
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 11:04:00 GMT

German wool-based yarn supplier Südwolle Group, which is one of the world's largest spinners of pure wool and wool blend worsted yarns, has established a new subsidiary in Turkey as part of efforts to be more responsive to industry demands.
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Nike debuts new fabric for adaptive breathability
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 12:01:00 GMT

Sportswear giant Nike has launched a new responsive, lightweight fabric, which it claims adapts to changes in body temperature to help runners stay more comfortable and perform better.
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Bangladesh conglomerate plans nation's first PSF plant
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:52:00 GMT

Bangladesh's diversified manufacturing conglomerate the Deshbandhu Group is to set up the country's first major polyester staple fibre (PSF) plant, following robust demand for the key raw material.
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American Apparel files for bankruptcy protection
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 10:18:00 GMT

US fashion retailer American Apparel has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, crippled by US$311m of debt, falling sales, and a number of corporate lawsuits.
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Private label sourcing faces range of pressures
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:27:00 GMT

Offering opportunities for retailers to drive margin, differentiation, and provide consumers with more new products and better visibility into how they are made, it's no wonder that private label apparel is a growing category. But whereas last year all eyes were on cost as the key sourcing pressure, a new survey suggests a mix of issues has now come to the fore.
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Negotiators agree landmark TPP trade deal
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 15:09:00 GMT

After more than five years of negotiations, leaders of 12 Pacific rim countries, including the US, Japan and Vietnam, have finally concluded negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - paving the way for what will be the world's largest free trade agreement.
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New Bangladesh labour rules draw union criticism
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 12:47:00 GMT

The roll-out of new labour rules in Bangladesh has been welcomed by US and European Union (EU) diplomats, but reactions from union bosses and worker rights activists have been tepid.
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Global news roundup
Tue, 29 Sep 2015 10:48:00 GMT

The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media.
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Reliance launches "one of the world's greenest" fibres
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 12:43:00 GMT

India's Reliance Polymers has launched what it claims is one of the world's greenest, sustainable fibres, manufactured from post-consumer waste PET bottles.
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Top stories this week on just-style...
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 10:49:00 GMT

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at Adidas's "game-changing" recycling project for a new breed of sporting goods, an interview with Cara Chacon, Patagonia's director of social & environmental responsibility, on the group's CSR commitments, and Cambodia's unions agreeing a proposed new US$168 monthly minimum wage for the country's garment sector.
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US apparel brands urge Mexico labour law reforms
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 11:53:00 GMT

Eight US apparel brands and importers, including Nike and PVH Corp, are urging Mexico's government to comply with an International Labour Organization (ILO) request for reforms to the country's labour law.
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World cotton trade seen stable in 2015/16
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 16:49:00 GMT

World cotton imports are projected to remain unchanged at 7.6m tons in 2015/16, according to a new forecast, as a fall in imports into China is offset by growth in Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Indonesia.
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H&M files trademark suit against Forever 21
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 16:49:00 GMT

Swedish apparel retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) is suing US fashion label Forever 21 over copyright infringement.
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Uniqlo maintains September sales momentum
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 11:24:00 GMT

Casual clothing brand Uniqlo booked an increase in sales at its Japanese stores for the second consecutive month, as cooler weather drove demand for autumn/winter ranges. 
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Bebe Stores to cut 50 design and production jobs
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 10:27:00 GMT

US women's wear retailer Bebe Stores is to cut over 50 design, merchandising, and production jobs in a bid to increase efficiencies across business functions.
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Escada to axe 200 jobs in strategic restructure
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 12:10:00 GMT

German luxury fashion brand Escada is to cut 200 jobs as part of a new strategic programme aimed at making the business faster, more agile and streamlined so that it can compete in the omni-channel retail environment. 
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Neiman Marcus cuts 500 jobs in investment move
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 14:13:00 GMT

Upscale US department store retailer Neiman Marcus has cut around 500 jobs across the group as part of its plans to accelerate investment.
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H&M falling behind on Bangladesh factory safety repairs?
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 11:39:00 GMT

Fashion retailer H&M has been criticised by labour rights groups for potentially endangering hundreds of workers at its supplier factories Bangladesh because they have fallen behind on fire and building safety repairs.
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DeSL PLM adds Visual Merchandising Planning tool
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 15:53:00 GMT

Discover e-Solutions (DeSL) has expanded its Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system to include a new Visual Merchandising Planning module specifically designed for range planning, merchandising and buying roles in the fashion, apparel and footwear sectors.
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Hudson's Bay completes EUR2.5bn Kaufhof deal
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 14:59:00 GMT

Canadian retail group Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) has completed its EUR2.5bn (US$2.8bn) acquisition of Galeria Holding, operator of Germany's Galeria Kaufhof department store chain and Belgium's only department store, Galeria Inno.
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USAID funds $22m for Bangladesh factory safety upgrades
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 11:08:00 GMT

The US Agency for International Development's (USAID) has mobilised an agreement to provide up to US$22m in financing to small- and medium-sized garment suppliers in Bangladesh for factory upgrades and safety improvements. 
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Hudson's Bay to axe 265 jobs in cost-cutting move
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 11:45:00 GMT

Canadian retail group Hudson's Bay Co is to cut 265 jobs as part of a cost-cutting initiative designed to save the business around US$75m next year. 
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Nike collaborates on low-impact textile challenge
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 12:46:00 GMT

Sportswear giant Nike is joining forces with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Climate CoLab to try to drive new "revolutionary" innovations in low-impact fabrics and textiles. 
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Can Gap maintain its momentum minus Larsson?
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 13:26:00 GMT

The unexpected departure of Old Navy president Stefan Larsson to become CEO of Ralph Lauren has prompted analysts to ask whether parent Gap Inc can maintain its momentum as it tries to turnaround its Banana Republic and Gap brands.
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New CEO likely to focus on Ralph Lauren supply chain
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 09:32:00 GMT

Among the first tasks likely to be tackled by Ralph Lauren's newly-appointed CEO, Stefan Larsson, will be to target "low hanging fruit" such as supply chain enhancements, inventory realignment and cost management, analysts believe.
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M&S's Dixon takes David Jones CEO role
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 09:52:00 GMT

South African retail group Woolworths Holdings has appointed former M&S clothing director John Dixon as CEO of its David Jones business.
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UK consumer sentiment slips in September
Wed, 30 Sep 2015 12:42:00 GMT

UK consumer confidence dropped in September as shoppers entered a "depressed back-to-school mood", new figures suggest.
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H&M supports Bangladesh worker rights initiative
Wed, 30 Sep 2015 12:51:00 GMT

Swedish fashion retailer Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) says it will be able to make a "hands-on" contribution to a new US$5.4m initiative to enhance workplace rights and industrial relations in Bangladesh, thanks to its experience in the country's apparel and textile sector.
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Unions agree proposed Cambodia minimum wage
Wed, 30 Sep 2015 13:26:00 GMT

A group of independent and pro-government trade unions has agreed on a proposal for a new US$168 monthly minimum wage in the Cambodian garment sector, although talks are still underway with employers.
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PLM to support Eden Park collection development
Wed, 30 Sep 2015 11:06:00 GMT

French lifestyle brand Eden Park is implementing Centric Software's product lifecycle management (PLM) to help structure its collection development process and support its international expansion.
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Kik defends position over Pakistan factory compensation
Tue, 29 Sep 2015 14:50:00 GMT

German retailer KiK has defended its position amid ongoing pressure from a coalition of trade union and labour rights groups for it to agree long-term compensation for the victims of a deadly clothing factory fire in Pakistan three years ago.
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Sainsbury's online clothing sales beat expectations
Wed, 30 Sep 2015 12:07:00 GMT

Sainsbury's says the performance of its online clothing division exceeded expectations in the first six weeks of its new fiscal year, contributing to overall growth in apparel for the UK supermarket retailer.
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Old Navy's Larsson to replace Ralph Lauren as CEO
Wed, 30 Sep 2015 10:13:00 GMT

Ralph Lauren is to step down as CEO of the eponymous firm, as the group battles falling profits, with Stefan Larsson, president of Gap Inc's Old Navy division taking the helm. 
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Grupo Kaltex to streamline processes with PLM
Wed, 30 Sep 2015 11:30:00 GMT

Mexican home textiles and apparel manufacturer Grupo Kaltex is adopting Lectra Fashion PLM to help streamline processes and improve collaboration across its design and development teams. 
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